Sunday, December 6

Today is Sunday of Week 14. Make sure you finish the end-of-week assignments today, and if you are turning in a Week 14 Project assignment, you need to do that today (see details below). It is the LAST WEEKEND of the class!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Week 14 ends today. If you are turning in a Week 14 Storybook you MUST do that today; there are no late Storybook assignments for Week 14 because of the special Week 15 schedule (see next announcement). To check to see that I received your Storybook assignment here is a link to the Project stack.

Week 15 schedule. The schedule for Week 15 is compressed because of finals. Instead of lasting over the weekend, Week 15 will end at NOON on FRIDAY, December 11. All the Week 15 assignments are available at this time, so there is no need to wait! For those of you who do your class work on the weekend, do as much of Week 15 today as you can: this is the last weekend of class!

Finishing the class. For those of you who are not done with the class yet, you should have a specific plan in place for the assignments that you will complete in order to get the points you need. Please don't put these final assignments off until the last minute. When you reach the points you need for your final grade in this class — 410 points for an A, 360 points for a B, 320 points for a C — let me know, and I'll record the letter grade for you there in the Desire2Learn Gradebook!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

The Power of "I Don't Know". Real learning is driven by the power of "I Don't Know"...! You can find out more at this Edutopia article.

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is TANTALIZE from the Greek legend of King Tantalus who, in the afterlife, gazed upon water he could not drink and fruit he could not eat. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: When Brothers Cross Paths. You probably know the Winchester brothers from the TV show Supernatural, and you surely know the Brothers Grimm, so in this Storybook you can see what happens when the four brothers join forces.

Free Book Online: Curious Myths of the Middle Ages by Sabine Baring-Gould. This blog post provides additional information about the legends in this book, such as "The Seven Sleepers of Ephesus" and "The Dog Gellert."

India Comic Book: Nala Damayanti: The Steadfast Lovers. This blog post provides additional information about the comic book which is on Reserve in Bizzell Library. It is one of the most love stories in the Indian tradition!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is an old proverb that is still going strong!

Today's Video: Uma Thurman, The Mundane Goddess. In this brilliant modernization, you will see Uma Thurman as Hera, living the life of a modern housewife... and badly in need of therapy!

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat has no fear of fear itself: Confront your fears! Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a matinee performance of The Nutcracker at 3PM in the Rupel Jones (Brackett) Theatre (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

December 6: Saint Nicholas Day. Although "Saint Nick" is sometimes associated in popular tradition with the Christmas Holiday, the actual day of Saint Nicholas in the church calendar is today, December 6. In some countries, the Eve of Saint Nicholas (December 5) and Saint Nicholas Day (December 6) are an occasion for gift-giving. You can read more about Saint Nicholas and the festivities associated with Saint Nicholas in this Wikipedia article. The image below shows "Sinter Claeson a wall in Amsterdam; the Netherlands is one of the countries where gift-giving is associated with Saint Nicholas:

Note: You can page back through the older blog posts to see any announcements you might have missed, and you can check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day.